Thursday, June 23, 2016

Books Glorious Books!

So it has been a little while since I have made time to update Our Untidy Life.  Since my last post my children have ended their school year.  It has taken me a bit of time to figure out our new summer routine.  I think we are on track and I have figured out a block of time for writing and decluttering!  Which believe it or not is trickier than it sounds!
All my books piled up in the living room.
The next category I worked on was books.  I went on a book hunt through out the house for titles that belong to me.  This is trickier than it sounds.  My husband and I have quite the collection of books.  He made a point to tell me not to discard any of our "shared" books or books that were "his".  I feel his pain!  We both love to read! Our children love to read! Discarding books is truly a challenge for us.  It seems almost blasphemous to discard books.  But to live the tidy life that we truly want and deserve we must discard those things that do not spark joy any longer; even books.

Discarded books ready for their new life.
Just like with the other categories, I piled up all my books in the living room.  I did not realize how many titles I actually owned!  A grand total of 112 books that were truly mine.  Of the 112 books, I discarded 57; just over half.  Some titles I let go of because I did not "need" them any more.  For example my knitting for beginners book.  Since I purchased that one I have done many, many knitting projects and don't consider myself a beginner knitter any longer.  Other books were duplicate copies of old Girl Scout manuals; once people find out you are a GS leader you get all sorts of old manuals-true story!  Still more of  the books were titles that I just never even read in the first place, and had no desire to now.

Since I was on such a roll with my books, I decided to move on to the children's books.  As with clothes for Willy, I have horded children's books from all over and hid them in Willy's closet.  I had hidden away three large boxes of children's books!  Most of the books were from my two older children and from friends that moved.  Some of the books were even from my husband's childhood!  I pulled out all the boxes, and dragged them downstairs.  I cleaned out the children's books from the toy shelf in the great room.  It was interesting to see all the children's books that I had collected.  Just like with my own books, there were duplicate titles-what child really needs three copies of "Snowmen at Christmas"?  There were also books that were so well loved that they were falling apart beyond repair.  After touching each and every children's book I was able to discard 72 titles!

In all I carried four good sized boxes out to my van. I then drove them to our library to donate for their book sale fundraiser.  Decluttering tally thus far, 12 trash bags and four boxes.  Not too shabby!


  1. Books are my downfall. There are over 1000 books in my house altogether. I just can't bear to part with any of them yet.

    1. Matt as of yet has not sorted out any of "his" books. We love books and attach so much emotion to them.